beads by breul

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Ta Da!

How many of us have waited for this day to arrive? Ok, apart from the last minute panic of getting pieces done....how many of us have waited for today! :)

362 people participating!
Wonderful.

Superwoman Extraordinaire!
Thank you Lori, for this amazing party.

Ok, ok. Without further ado.......
Here are the ingredients that Joanna Matuszczyk sent me.
I immediately fell in love with the focal. So light, summery and fun. 
The clasp is beautiful also. She sent me flowers! I love flowers.
Purple is my favorite color!
Thank you Joanna.


Here is the completed piece.
 Now in this post here I talked about how the ideas were flowing, absolutely flowing and how I had almost disastrous results.

I tried to wire wrap a few things, two different ways. Purple wire! It didn't work out so well. I will share that at the end.

See how beautiful the clasp lays - so pretty.
I knew that there would be silver chain in this - coordinates with the clasp.
Now, Joanna did send ribbon and I tried and tried, but just couldn't seem to
make it work. It all looked ugly. Ugly I tell you. The ribbon would have been a
step out of my box, but I couldn't seem to leave the box.......


I strung/wire wrapped flowers and a few drops/beads on chain and the wire wrapped these wonderful green squares.


Love these green squares.

Such a great piece.
I did my usual sit, touch, play, move, walk away, shop for a few more ideas, sit,
touch routine and have to say that this came really easily for me.  
It must be the great beads that Joanna sent me. 

I managed to save two of the green beads to make earrings with.
I love the color combo, the clear flowers and those green squares!


Now, for my almost disaster. I was wire wrapping beads around the frame of my focal,
and it snapped in half! HALF. 
I promptly hollered for my daughter to come down. 
She came running, must have been the tone of my scream. 
With tears in my eyes, I handed her the pieces and told her to "fix it". 
SHE DID!
She glued, painted and sprayed and you can barely tell that it broke. 
Thank you Caroline!

THANK YOU LORI! 
You  have gone above and beyond to organize all 362 of us.

Now for the fun part,
THE BLOG HOP!
Seriously, this is the best part.  
Getting to see what everyone created, meeting new people and making friends.

You are here, Courtney Breul and my partner Joanna Mutuszczyk

Mix up your visits, hop around and enjoy.

Here are the partners:

The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke



19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel


































For a total of 362 people making jewelry!

Amazing! 

70 comments:

Lori's Glassworks said...

Wonderful! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!
Lori

coffeeaddict said...

very playful and full of life

EmandaJ said...

Hi Courtney, gorgeous pieces! Yes, sometimes the pieces almost make themselves, don't they.

Enjoy the hop,
Emanda
www.ArtemisiaStudio.blogspot.com

Tracey N. said...

Lucky for you that the focal was fixed! I love the set-up of your blog. You did a wonderful post. I also really like your creations, especially the earrings. Well done!

T... said...

oh very pretty......love the flower dangles....

T... said...

beautiful creation, love the colours and that butterfly is so pretty

rockcreekcreations said...

Sorry about your disaster, I'm glad it got fixed!!

Karyn B said...

How pretty and feminine! Very charming, and I'm glad you were able to save the focal.

susie said...

What a beautiful soup you made my friend, your work is truly stunning!! Thanks for sharing & all I can say is yummmmmy!!!

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Aren't daughters wonderful :) I had to stick that in there!!! Love what you did with your goodies and it is so delicate and whimsical! Love it!

Pretty Things said...

I am SO sorry for being late — today our internet provider decided to crash. My stress level is through the roof, to say the least! They’re still working on it, but it’s like dial-up.

Oh I know about trying to get ribbon or ANY fiber to cooperate. It's like everyone else in the world has something else and I just can't seem to do it!

And I've had that SNAP experience, too, but most of my snaps have been unfixable. I'm so glad yours was! It looks great!

I hope you’ll participate again!

Love, Lori

I LOVE color! said...

Your piece feels like a fantasy. Butterflies fluttering around. Just too lovely. I won't tell is broke :^)
Be Blessed to be a blessing

Tracy said...

A beautiful piece...good and beautiful things can come from near disasters. Thank goodness for daughters!

Clayworks by Lisa Boucher said...

So nice Courtney! Looks like Joanna sent you the perfect mix! Love what you did with those sweet little flowers. Beautiful finished pieces!

Riki Schumacher said...

GREAT job Courtney, just hopping through! I love your piece, all patched up. Not fair, but it looks perfect. Take care, Riki

Erin said...

Such a pretty necklace! I love the flower dangles at the butterfly focal. Perfect!

Cindy said...

Courtney, what a great post. I enjoyed reading about your process, including going back to your previous post from when you first got your beads and excitedly ran to the bead store. I think your necklace is beautiful & I'm so relieved for you that your daughter was able to fix the focal...can't even tell anything was amiss!

Ann said...

Very nice use of the components you received.

Joanna Matuszczyk said...

Dear Courtney,
I truly love your creations. The necklace is so delicate and feminine. Dangles are so pretty! And matching earings. Wonderful!
Sorry about the focal :( It was so fragile and delicate.
Hope you will try to use those ribbons somehow. Not necessarily in jewelry creations;)
Thank you for being my partner!
Big hugs!
Joanna

Maggie said...

It's interesting to see how many people used fibre/ribbons in wonderful bead soup projects, but I'm with you, they take me out of my comfort zone. You made a beautiful necklace and I'm glad you were able to save your pendant.

Barbara Lewis said...

Wow! Courtney, you really nailed this piece. I love the little dangles near the focal. So fringe-y and delicate!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Oh yippee!!! I am so glad you were able to fix it I dropped one of Chinook Designs pieces and didn't even want to look on THE COLD HARD TILE FLOOR but that goodness it was in one piece! I have also snapped things with my unruly man hands lol.

This is lovely Courtney you did a great job! I wouldn't have noticed anything until you pointed it out!
Have some pumpkin latte lol Enjoy your hopping!

B. R. Kuhlman said...

Totally love your design! Great work! ♥

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Great job.
I snapped a piece the other day, un-fixable :-( Glad yours worked out for the best.
Shannon C

Penny said...

Courtney, I love butterflies too and your necklace turned our so pretty, mixed into flowers just where I would expect pretty butterflies to be.

Shirley said...

Oh, I'm so glad your daughter could fix it for you! That is such a pretty focal, and you did a wonderful job on the necklace. The earrings are too cute! Great job girl!

Astrid said...

I'm so glad you were able to save the focal! I love your work, so feminine and sweet.

Christine Altmiller said...

this is so pretty! it is making me miss summer already.

Wendy said...

So feminine and pretty! :)

graygirlstudios said...

love the green beads! the earrings are so pretty!

Shay Stone said...

That's a lovely piece you made - l love the dangling flowers and kudos to your daughter for saving the day!

FryeStyle said...

You know what I liked best about your post...your writing! It's very charismatic. I'm glad you didn't give up on on your focal...that shows tenacity. Nice job, Courtney!

ccrider2006 said...

So very pretty and I just loved the earrings as well. What a nice job you did.

Boot ~C said...

a happy ending to your story w/ a graet piece!

maneki said...

Oh, I know just how easy it is to break a focal... How fortunate that your daughter could save the pretty pendant so you could create this beautiful necklace. Well done!

Holly said...

Courtney, I think many of us have broken a key piece or two! It's heartbreaking! But so glad you were able to get it fixed b/c that's a gorgeous necklace! Love the sweet earrings too :)

Steph L. said...

So sorry it broke, but everything worked out in the end. Your ecklace turned out so lovely.

Heidi said...

Oh my! Thank goodness for your resourceful daughter! Glad she was able to fix it, what a cute & fun necklace :)

Shaiha said...

Your necklace reminds me of spring. Very lovely.

Charlotte said...

I love the way you've combined the green with the blue and purple. Such a bold mix, but you've done it so well!

Jenni said...

Oh, so glad you (daughter!) managed to fix your focal.....at least you didn't LOOSE a key element of a swap ( Never to be found) I love what you did with it...I am a big fan of dangles...and yours look really lovely right at the focal edge.Those green squares are cool.
I am ribbon challenge too..one day!
jenni

Christine said...

Your necklace & earring set is lovely!

KayzKreationz said...

What a wonderful summery, flowery piece. So glad you were able to fix the focal. It all ties together very well. The ribbon would have been great with it, but I like the piece just the way you made it.

Noemi said...

Oh Courtney. How horrible!! I can't believe your focal piece snapped in two!!
It is a good thing your daughter Caroline could fix it. If you didn't tell we would have not known.
as for your necklace, it is great. I love the way you have set those beautiful green squares. And those charm flowers are so pretty.

Lyn Foley Lampwork said...

Nicely done ( and I don't think you needed the ribbon either). And I like the matching earrings.

Sweet Freedom said...

It turned out very nicely after all that!

Beadbug said...

I love all you have cooked up with your soup. Nice job with the design.

moonlitfantaseas said...

I love what you did with your bead soup! those green beads are just yummy!

Claire Maunsell said...

Lovely necklace, Courtney! I find textiles really difficult to use too (to make them look as though they really belonged there) so I'm going to challenge myself this time to START with the textile instead of adding it in later. I'm sure the green ribbon will be the start of something wonderful....

chicandfrog said...

I can understand the pain that ribbon can give... I tried several time to use it, but nothing.
It's not in our destiny, luckily that necklace was! I am very happy that you fix the focal, the completed piece is very nice!

Kate said...

I would have had a coronary when the focal broke! Yay for Caroline!! Great work, Courtney!

Beadaholique said...

Terrific piece! Love the green squares. I can't believe the focal broke-- you can't tell at all!

Bobbie said...

You made a beautiful spring garden, there! Nice job.

BackstoryBeads said...

Love the fresh, green chicklet beads. Lovely, invigorating color scheme!

Stacey said...

Very nice garden piece! I really do like how the little flowers surround the focal!

CraftyHope said...

What a fun and summery necklace! It's so light but yet still full of detail. Nicely done!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

What a cool piece! Fun and flirty! And yay for your daughter!!

Rebecca said...

Pretty! Love the focal

Terri said...

Very lovely and delicate pieces you designed. You did a soup-er job with your soup!

Regina said...

Love the butterflies and the flowers and the green sqaures. Cute earrings too. Very nicely done, you should be proud.

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

So pretty and feminine, Courtney! I love the focal, too, and all of the flower dangles are just perfect for it! The green squares make a delightfully colorful piece! Beautiful work!

Marie Cramp said...

You barely averted disaster! Looks great!

Therese's Treasures said...

Courtney, I love your necklace and when I first saw the butterfly pendant I could not wait to see what you did with it, I'm so glad you were able to save it from disaster.
Therese

Andrea said...

Sorry it is taking me so long to comment. I love the description of your process and your disasters. You still managed to make a lovely necklace and earrings.

Aquariart said...

So glad your daughter was able to fix that beautiful focal pendant. Nice soup! It is amazing what you can do with a little glue and paint!!

pinkchapeau said...

Beautiful job on your necklace...I love the little green squares, too! The earrings are a nice touch,too!

Sweet Willow Designs said...

Still tasting all the bead soups. :) Good recovery on the broken focal. I love the delicacy of the dangling flowers with the focal the earrings are darling. Good work.

DaviniaDesign said...

That is a super cool focal bead you have received.
You made a stunning necklace!

Mylene said...

Well done to soldier on after your mishap! I can't even see where the break was! I love how you made earrings to match the beautiful necklace. The flower dangles and the purple swirl beads are the perfect accent for the glossy green beads. Love them!

Manuela said...

So happy that you could fix that snap - your work is so beautiful and everything looks in a perfect harmony. What a great color combo, I am a purple lover too ♥.

Sorry for being so late - I was on holidays and a lot of work was waiting for me when coming back.

Have a sunny day, Manuela